The Mystery of the Holiday Quilt: Clue 5

mystery holiday quilt clue 5

Welcome back to the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt! Do you have any idea about what this holiday quilt is going to look like when we are finished with all of the clues? I can’t wait until you see all the pieces put together. I’ve been monitoring the progress of our mystery quilters on our mystery Facebook group at #TQCMysteryQuilt, and there are some really beautiful fabrics going into this mystery. If you haven’t joined us, you can find the clues through the links below. Even if you feel it’s too late to begin this project for the holidays, join the fun and make a quilt in colors for any season.

Clue #1: Introduction, Materials List and Cutting Instructions
Clue #2: Triangle-Square Units and Triangle-Square Strips
Clue #3: Nine-Patch Pieced Strips
Clue #4: Flying Geese Pieced Strips

A note about my fabric choice…

I selected a very traditional fabric collection for my holiday mystery quilt with the Poinsettia and Pine Collection from Maywood. Even though that was my choice, don’t hesitate to choose your favorite fabric collection. I think this quilt design is perfect for many fabric options: modern, contemporary, traditional or a homespun reproduction collection.

mystery of the holiday quilt, clue 4

Poinsettia and Pine fabric collection from Maywood Studio

Here’s Clue #5!

Work with the fabrics in the bag labeled Clue #5:
• 1 Black Print 2-1/2” strip
• 1 Black Print 10” x 10” square
• 4 Red tone-on-tone 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” squares
• 1 Red Tone-on-Tone 2-1/2” strip
• 1 Red Tone-on-Tone 5-1/4” x 5-1/4” square
• 4 Green Tone-on-Tone 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” squares
• 1 Multicolor poinsettia print 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” square
• 1 White Tone-on-Tone 10” x 10” square

Make a total 8 Four-Patch blocks.

1. Work with the Black Print 2-1/2” strip and the red tone-on-tone 2-1/2” strip; sew them together as shown. Press seam allowances toward the black print. The strip-set should be 4-1/2” wide. Crosscut at 2-1/2” intervals. You need 16 units.

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Step 1

2. Use 2 units to make each Four-Patch block. You need 8 Four Patch blocks, each measuring 4-1/2” square.

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Step 2

Make a total 8 Triangle-Square Units.

1. Work with the 10” white tone-on-tone square and the 10” black square. With a pencil or water soluble marker draw both diagonal lines on the wrong side of the white square. Layer the white and black squares, right sides together, white square uppermost. Sew 1/4” away from both sides of the diagonal lines.

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Step 1

2. With a rotary cutter and ruler, cut apart the squares on the drawn lines AND cut in half vertically and horizontally.

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Step 2

3. Press seam allowances toward the black triangles. Trim triangle-squares to measure 4-1/2” square. Refer to the instructions for trimming triangle-squares in Clue #1; use your favorite trimming method and ruler. Note that the triangle-squares for this clue are trimmed at 4-1/2” square rather than the 3-1/2” squares trimmed in Clue #1. Clip off “dog ears.”

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Step 3

Make 4 Flying Geese.

1. Work with the 4 green print 2-7/8” squares and the red 5-1/4” square. Draw diagonal lines on the wrong side of the 4 green squares. Place 2 green squares on opposite corners of the red square, right sides together. Note the orientation of the drawn diagonal lines. Also note that the green squares overlap slightly in the center.

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Step 1

2. Sew 1/4” away from both sides of the drawn diagonal lines. Cut on the drawn diagonal lines, flip green triangles away from the red triangles, and press seam allowances toward the green triangles.

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Step 2

3. Place a green square in the corner of each of the two resulting red triangles. Sew -1/4” away from both sides of the drawn diagonal lines.

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Step 3

4. Cut apart on the drawn diagonal lines, flip green triangles away from the red triangles, and press seam allowances toward the green triangles. Clip off the “dog ears.” Each of the Flying Geese measures 2-1/2” x 4-1/2.”

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Step 4

Place the blocks and units you made in the Clue #5 bag. Save remaining patches for Clue #6.

My final clue, Putting It All Together for the BIG REVEAL, will be posted next week. In the meantime, see if you can solve the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt. Arrange the pieces you made by following Clues 2-5. Hint: There are a total of 3 narrow green print borders that separate various patchwork elements of the quilt. Please don’t post pictures of your best guess on #TQCMysteryQuilt until after Clue #6 is posted.

This clue was a round-up and review of three speedy patchwork techniques. You used strip-piecing to make Four-Patches, and you used a speedy technique to make four Flying Geese at a time. As you page through quilting books and magazines, you will notice that many quilts use these designs and methods for making them. Take a look at Just Purrfect, available for pattern download in The Quilting Company’s online shop. Do you notice Saw Tooth Stars and Pinwheels are made from Flying Geese, and Four-Patches? What a delightful quilt for the cat-loving princess in your life!

Finished with Clue #5 . . . next stop, THE BIG REVEAL!

I can’t wait to share the next clue with you! Clue #6 is the BIG REVEAL of the Mystery of the Holiday Quilt! I’m really looking forward to seeing all the quilters’ projects who have participated with the Mystery Quilt Facebook group at #TQCMysteryQuilt. It’s still not too late to join the fun!

Until then . . .
Deck the Halls with Quilts!

–Abigail

Christmas will be here before we know it, but you still have time to grab a few last-minute gifts, or make a gift for special family and friends. Here are links to a couple of ideas that might finish up that Christmas list.

You’ll find gift ideas for quilters here.

gift guide for quilters

These two eBooks will give you lots of ideas for gifts you quickly make and wrap for holiday giving: Fiber Art Scarves: Great Gifts to Make and Wear and Gifts to Give (and Make) for the Holidays.

Comments (4)

  • Joy H

    WHERE IS THE PDF for clue 5?

    December 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    • Caroline Sisk

      Hi Joy – our #TQCMysteryQuilt Facebook group has a “Files” section where you can download the PDF instructions for each clue. You can request to join here: https://goo.gl/GTnkpy.

      December 11, 2018 at 4:27 pm
  • Barbara D

    This will not print! where else can I get the instructions??

    December 10, 2018 at 12:06 am
    • Caroline Sisk

      Hi Barbara – our #TQCMysteryQuilt Facebook group has a “Files” section where you can download the PDF instructions for each clue. You can request to join here: https://goo.gl/GTnkpy.

      December 11, 2018 at 4:26 pm

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